What should you look out for when buying or renting a house?

By Soko Directory Team / May 24, 2019




Everyone needs a house or a home. Having a roof over your head is a dream for almost every individual; whether rented or purchased.

Getting that ideal house to buy or rent is not an easy task, especially if you are in Nairobi or within its environs. With conmen lingering in almost every corner with posters and billboards, one ought to always be cautious while looking for a house on these streets.

There are various factors that you need to consider before deciding to rent or buy that house you have been looking for. Here are 6 of them:

Accessibility – before renting or buying a house, you need to find out if the area is accessible. Look at the state of the roads. How do they look like during the rainy season? How long does it take for you to reach the house from say your current place of work?

Security – while looking for a house to rent or buy, security is paramount. Do not gamble with your security and that of your family members. How secure is the place? What is the possibility of you being mugged? How far is the police station? Does the house have a gate? How good is the gate? Is it always under lock and key?

Social amenities – these are things you cannot live without. How far are the hospitals? Will your kids be able to comfortably go to school? Are the schools within the proximity? What about religious places such as churches or mosques?

The state of the house – is the house worth renting or buying? How old is the house? What is the state of the walls, doors, taps, kitchen, and toilet?

Water – water is life. You cannot live without water. With the current water rationing in Nairobi and its environs, you need a house with a constant flow of water. You don’t want to start roaming around with containers in search of water immediately you move into your new home.

Distance from your workplace – how far is the house from your workplace? You don’t want to be spending hours on the road trying to reach your workplace.

There are other many factors that you can look at such as affordability among others.

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